Winter 2018

Letter from the Editor

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.  John Burroughs

Here we are at Winter Solstice, the day the “sun stands still.” We are grateful that you have taken this time in your busy life to join us in wonder and with admiration for the stories from our winter writers.

In Midwinter, whether in season or spirit, we cozy up with new or well-loved books as we wait for the light of spring. To American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs, winter is not something to overcome; it is something to seek out wholeheartedly. Of this winter he writes, “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”

Citron’s winter issue is crisp with changes in the air. We welcome JR Walsh (Online Editor/Fiction Editor), Nathan Elliott (Creative Nonfiction Editor), Marcena Hooks (Fiction Editor), and Anna Kelly (Social Media Coordinator) to our team. It’s also the last issue for our dear friend, Zach Jacobs (Creative Nonfiction Editor). We will miss him. You can read more about these wonderful writers and editors here.

As this year ends, we are changing how we do the work we love. We’ve made changes to the website, increased our social media presence, and we have started planning our 10th anniversary celebration. Creative Nonfiction is now reading submissions year-round; Fiction and Poetry open in February. Look for more news in January as we celebrate all things citrus-y and good about the last ten years with you.

This magical time of year was also beloved by American artist Andrew Wyeth who said, “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.”

May this season bring light to your untold stories. On behalf of The Citron Review, I wish you and yours a continued sense of wonder in the new year.

Warmest winter wishes,
Angela M. Brommel
The Citron Review

IMAGE CREDIT: Nathan Elliott, Montréal Ice, 2018


Table of Contents



Notes on the selections by Eric Steineger

Clara Burghelea Mirage
M. Nasorri Pavone Keyhole
Simon Perchik A Sequence of Five Poems
Creative Nonfiction

Notes on the selections by Marianne Woods Cirone

Victoria Buitron The Translator
Kerry Graham He Is
Susan Eve Haar Real People
Linda G. White Ashes

Notes on the selections by Elizabeth De Arcos

Flash Fiction

Andrea Marcusa Freedom
Francine Witte In the dark, everything looks like nothing
Tara Isabel Zambrano Enfold

Micro Fiction

Dakota Canon Loose Change
Dakota Canon We Have Vultures Now
Christopher Gaumer He Died We Left Him Til Morning
2018 Nominations

Notes on the nominations by JR Walsh

Six for The Pushcart Prize
Eight for Best of the Net
Eight for Best Microfiction

🍋10th Anniversary

Fall 2019 IssueSeptember 23rd, 2019
90 days to go.

🍋 Instagram

The Summer 2019 Issue of the The Citron Review is brimming with amazing contributors. We want to thank them and hope you'll thank them too! Erik Moellering, Andrea Jurjević, David Galloway, Jennifer Metsker, Kendall Babl, Rogan Kelly, B.J. Best, Melanie McGee Bianchi, Emanuele Pettener, Thomas De Angelis, A. Grifa Ismaili, Julie Watson, Jill Chmelko, Kelle Schillaci Clarke, Phyllis Reilly, Elyse Giaimo, Anita Goveas, Mary Grimm, Carla Scarano D’Antonio, Megan Anning. #amreading #anonlinejournalofbriefliterature
Catch up with our managing editor @ericsteineger in the latest issue of Tinderbox Poetry Journal. #saturdayread #amreading #TheCitronreview #tinderboxpoetryjournal
In Citron’s 10th summer issue on this longest day in the sun we bring you stories of vulnerability and meaning. We also offer something new. As part of our 10th anniversary we have created Zest, a place for our editors to share essays, reviews, and other posts in between our four annual issues. Zest’s first feature is a review written by Managing Editor and Senior Poetry Editor @ericsteineger. You can find his review of @jerzypoet's debut chapbook, Demolition in the Tropics as the last item in our summer issue and on Zest’s page. It’s been an amazing ten years of stories. In September we will publish the fall issue as well as a look back at 10 years of The Citron Review. To our readers and contributors, thank you for being a part of our story. #CitronSix #CitronStories #Summer2019 #SummerIssue #TheCitronReview #cheersto10years #amreading #summersolstice #summerreading
"Immaculate" by Anne-Marie Hoeve takes us into the secret life of spoons in this carefully arranged micro fiction. #amreading #thecitronreview #spring2019
Christopher Rabley's "I Can See Her" is his second publication in The Citron Review and we join him in Taipei City for a most trying time. His first nonfiction story is from 2017, "Speak to Me". Please read them together, if you wish. #amreading #thecitronreview #spring2019
We are expanding our team of editors. This fall marks our 10 year anniversary as a volunteer operated journal, and we look forward to another ten. We love what we do and hope that you will consider joining us. Send your inquiries to citronreview at Open until filled #TheCitronReview #amreading #CreativeNonfiction

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